"All these are the beginning of sorrows." -Matthew 24:8, emphasis added
Yesterday I showed you the first two signs of Christ’s return. I will share the next four with you today. Sign three is…
3. The Sign of Global Weather Gone Wild: Jesus predicted that there would be a time when weather would be so bad that not just a few but the whole world would be troubled and fearful as many thousands are killed by the prevalent chaotic weather. Jesus foresaw "the sea and the waves roaring" (Luke 21:25) in the last days, like the 2004 Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, and likened these trends to birth pangs-"the beginning of sorrows." The Greek word odin, often translated as "sorrows" in Matthew 24:8 , literally means "birth pangs."
Paul says that the Creation is under the curse of sin but it "will be delivered from the bondage of corruption" (Romans 8:21). While the Creation likewise awaits the coming of the liberator, Christ the Lord, the universe itself will travail in intensity and frequency as the time of its delivery draws near: For . . . the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs (Romans 8:22). Of course, chaotic weather has always existed, but there are indicators that we are witnessing an unusual surge in strange and devastating weather around the globe.
4. The Sign of Global Telecommunication and Television: God's Word explicitly specified that the whole world would simultaneously be able to see and hear globally: The . . . nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and . . . will rejoice over them, . . . because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth (Revelation 11:9-10). In the Apostle John's day, news traveled at "the speed of horseback." But for the first time ever, due to the invention of television and the deployment of global satellite networks during the twentieth century, news can travel the world at the speed of light.
5. The Sign of Global Evangelism: Jesus has told us that before the end of days, the gospel would be preached to all nations. We can now preach the gospel of Christ's sacrifice on the cross anywhere on earth through e-mail, radio or television waves. In fact, my little Web site (www.discoverthebook.org) alone has visitors from over a hundred different nations on earth! The Christian gospel is now being "preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:14). Portions of God's Word or the entire Bible have been translated into over 2,300 languages and dialects, covering more than 90 percent of the world's population.
6. The Sign of Global Pestilences: Despite an increase in scientific knowledge, the Bible predicted that deadly diseases would still be prevalent in the end days: "There will be famines, pestilences [deadly diseases], and earthquakes in various places" (Matthew 24:7). Emerging diseases such as AIDS, Ebola virus, Hantavirus, West Nile, SARS, Avian Flu, and so forth, underscore this fact. Ironically, only a few decades ago, some scientists were forecasting that advances in medicine might soon eradicate deadly diseases.
For some dear souls, becoming more aware of the details of the coming judgments can be frightening. If you find yourself struggling with fear, be like David and cry out to God, When my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I (Psalms 61:2). God promises to keep you in perfect peace if your mind is trustingly focused on Him (Isaiah 26:3)!
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